Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Nevruz in Turkey and Nevruz in north Iraq ...

From The New Anatolian:

On Monday afternoon the Kurds of the Kurdistan region of Iraq started a five-day holiday to mark Nevruz, the Kurdish festivities that mark the start of spring.

Nevruz is a period of festivities and relaxation for many Kurds. In the past Nevruz was celebrated with bonfires and people shooting in the air. In the past few years it has become more of a period of relaxation for the people of the region.It is a period to look forward to when the nation shuts down and masses flock to picnic areas.

In contrast, Nevruz has become a period of tension and violence in Turkey. We unfortunately hear that the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is gearing up for violent incidents during Nevruz, which will be marked tomorrow ...

Turkish authorities in the past have tried to dilute Nevruz by declaring it as a festive period for all the peoples of Central Asia and have tried to distance it from the Kurds ...

Turkish officials who have never acknowledged or celebrated Nevruz were seen going to pains in the past years to mark the occasion. A rather empty gesture ...

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See also: Turkey readying for spring offensive against PKK (Today's Zaman)

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